March 31, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14-ranked Ohio State women’s lacrosse team lost to No. 1 Northwestern in overtime, 13-12, Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., in an ALC matchup. Ohio State is now 7-3 (0-2 ALC), with the Wildcats staying undefeated at 10-0 (2-0 ALC).
Freshman goalie Tori DeScenza had 16 saves in the Buckeye cage. Senior Gabby Capuzzi led Ohio State with four goals, with senior Kirsten Donahue recording a hat trick. Freshman Jackie Cifarelli had two goals and an assist for three points and senior Alayna Markwordt had three points, with a goal and two assists. Sophomore Cara Facchina had a goal and an assist and graduate student Jennifer Schmitt recorded the other Buckeye tally.
Scoring in the first half was back-and-forth, with five lead changes and six ties, and the teams went into halftime deadlocked at 6. Ohio State opened the scoring just 1:55 in on a goal by Capuzzi before back-to-back free position shots by Northwestern put the Wildcats ahead, 2-1, at 24:17. Schmitt and Capuzzi answered for the Buckeyes at 22:38 and 18:07 to regain Ohio State’s lead (3-2). Northwestern then outscored the Buckeyes, 3-1, over a 4:31 span to again tie the game and put Northwestern ahead (5-4). Cifarelli had Ohio State’s goal in the stretch. Ohio State stopped the Wildcats’ run with two goals in 1:22, with Facchina tallying at 10:22 to tie the game at 5 and Donahue scoring on a free position shot for an Ohio State lead (6-5). Northwestern’s Kara Mupo netted the final goal of the quarter with 4:10 remaining to tie the game at 6.
The Buckeyes opened the second half outscoring Northwestern 5-1 in the first 10:19. Capuzzi put Ohio State back in the lead (7-6) at 28:07, followed by a goal from Donahue at 26:29 for the Buckeyes’ first two-goal advantage (8-6). Mupo scored quickly after for the Wildcats but Capuzzi, Marwordt and Donahue all scored for the Buckeyes over the next five-plus minutes to push the lead to 11-7. The Wildcats scored three times from 14:47 to 9:07 to draw within one (11-10) and Ohio State held the one-goal advantage until Erin Fitzgerald’s free position goal with 19 seconds remaining again tied the game, sending it to overtime.
Shannon Smith put Northwestern ahead for the first time since the first half with a goal 54 seconds into overtime and gave NU a two-goal advantage (13-11) at 3:08. Cifarelli tallied for the Buckeyes at 1:46 to cut the Wildcat lead to one (13-12), but Ohio State, which ended the game down players because of yellow cards, could not net the equalizer.
Ohio State was outshot, 33-23, including 14-8 in the second half. DeScenza had 16 saves, allowing 12 goals, in the Buckeye cage while playing 64:12. Freshman Caitlin Hester played 1:48 and allowed one goal. Brianne LoManto had eight saves for Northwestern.
Ohio State led in groundballs (21-15), while Northwestern was ahead in draw controls (20-8).
The Buckeyes return to action with an ALC game at Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. April 8 in Nashville, Tenn.